Professional Employment Opportunities

Job ID:  2018493                                                                                                                    Click Here to Apply
Title:     Project Archivist
R
ank:     Program Specialist II (UCP 7)
Area:     University Archives, Special Collections & Digital Curation

The University of Connecticut Library seeks an innovative and knowledgeable individual to serve as Project Archivist.  Under the direction of the Head of Archives and Special Collections, and within the larger context of the unit, the Project Archivist is responsible for all activities related to the Maurice Sendak collection and performs the bulk of the work to integrate the collection into the UConn Archives and Library’s management and access systems, as well as developing and leading outreach activities related to the collection. For example, the Project Archivist is responsible for developing ideas for outreach and educational uses of the collection; and preparing, mounting, and documenting exhibitions in multiple formats and for multiple audiences.  Additionally, the archivist is responsible for managing requests for materials that involve more than reading room access. This includes executing loan agreements and collateral paperwork, and for receiving and returning material to storage, and working with the Literary Agent to prepare material for re-publication.

Along with all UConn Library staff, the Project Archivist makes a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University. This five-year, end-date position is funded by a grant from The Maurice Sendak Foundation and comes with a full benefits package.

About the Sendak Collection and the UConn Archives and Special Collections 

In February, 2018 UConn and the Maurice Sendak Foundation signed an agreement to house and maintain the finished artwork for Maurice Sendak’s published books, and as well as manuscripts, sketches, and other related materials created by Sendak, considered the leading artist of children’s books in the 20th century. The artwork and source materials for books such as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There, will serve as a resource for research by students, faculty, staff, scholars and the general public through the Archives & Special Collections in the UConn Library. Special Collections at UConn include the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, an archive of notable authors and illustrators of children’s literature native to or identified with the Northeast and East Coast of the United States, including James Marshall, Tomie dePaola, and Richard Scarry. The collection, established in 1989, preserves every aspect of children’s book production – from the initial correspondence to preliminary drawings, finished art, dummies, mechanicals, proofs, galleys, and manuscripts.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans and executes public outreach activities that highlight collection.
  2. Manages digitization program for the collection.
  3. Collaborates with faculty to integrate collections into undergraduate and graduate courses.
  4. Provides advanced research consultation related to the collection, including responding to reference questions and meeting with researchers one-on-one.
  5. Promotes the collection making use of current tools, such as social media.
  6. Responsible for the receipt and intake of newly acquired materials.

Shared Expectations for All Staff 

  1. Participates in planning and actively contributes to Area and Unit priorities, initiatives, and operations through collaboration and cooperation.
  2. Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Maintains currency and open communication in ongoing trends and developments related to position responsibilities.
  4. Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as set by the UConn Library and University of Connecticut.
  5. Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of social, economic, cultural, ideological, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  6. Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in an academic discipline related to archives and public programming for example, ALA-accredited MLS degree with an archives concentration or a graduate degree in museum studies, fine arts, or public history.
  2. Three years’ professional experience in a cultural heritage setting.
  3. Experience in developing outreach programs for a variety of audiences.
  4. Experience in developing digital collections in a library/archives/museum environment.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a diverse group of researchers, donors and staff.
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Subject knowledge of children’s literature of the mid-late 20th
  2. Knowledge and experience in managing digital resources and digital repository applications.
  3. Experience working with a children’s literature collection in an academic setting.
  4. Knowledge of or experience in publishing, especially in children’s literature publishing.
  5. Active involvement in area at the regional or national level in the applicant’s area of specialization.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full time, end-date position based in Storrs with an anticipated start date of July 20, 2018. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience. 

TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions. (reference search #2018493) and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to khara.leon@uconn.edu. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by May 20, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018493)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 20, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .


Job ID:  2018467                                                                                                                                    Click Here to Apply
Title:      Head of Archives & Special Collection
Rank:     University Associate Librarian (UCP 10)
Area:      University Archives, Special Collections & Digital Curation

The University of Connecticut Library seeks an innovative, motivated, and knowledgeable individual to lead its University Archives & Special Collections.  Under the general direction of the Assistant University Librarian for University Archives, Special Collections & Digital Curation, the Head of Archives & Special Collections provides direction and leadership to six professional staff and works to develop collaborative partnerships across the Library, University, and external organizations to extend the reach of our collections and address the major issues facing archives & special collections in the current era.    

The Head of Archives & Special Collections creates innovation and change while respecting the principles and traditions of the profession, and articulates this vision to internal and external stakeholders.  In particular, there will be a focus on the statewide digital preservation repository program (CTDA), the Library’s scholarly communications programs, including the Greenhouse Studios | Scholarly Design at UConn, and the Library’s conservation and digital capture labs.  This position serves a critical role in the research and teaching mission of the University, ensuring development of, and ongoing access to, many of the Library’s unique and distinct collections for use by students and researchers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides leadership, vision, and innovation for Archives & Special Collections, actively advancing progress towards the Area’s and Library’s strategic goals.
  2. Directs, plans, and communicates Archives & Special Collections efforts with a focus on:
    1. Innovative public outreach and services to students, scholars, and citizens;
    2. Technical and operational workflows designed to increase efficiency and automation in processing unique collections in all formats;
    3. Developing and stewarding existing collections and identifying and pursuing new collections that reflect and support the institutional mission;
    4. Pursuing funds necessary to support programs and collections through donor cultivation and support, grant writing, and collaborative projects.
  3. Determines Unit priorities and directs annual goal setting for Archives & Special Collections; ensures coordination and alignment of individual and Unit goals to Area, Library, and University priorities, services, and initiatives.
  4. Serves as primary resource for other Library units, University offices, academic departments, and outside agencies regarding Archives & Special Collections’ services and procedures.

Shared Expectations for Staff Supervisors

  1. Assigns, oversees, reviews, and evaluates work of direct reports.  Establishes work schedule(s) and approve timecard(s).  Maintains supervisory files.
  2. Promotes inclusivity and is communicative about priorities, opportunities, and challenges.  Encourages new thinking and ideas and actively fosters open communication.
  3. Follows the Performance Management Guidelines as outlined by the Library’s Office of the Vice Provost, UConn’s Department of Human Resources, and the staff member’s contractually specified evaluation process.
  4. Provides training and assistance to each direct report.  Supports involvement in professional development activities and provides internal development opportunities as appropriate to each position.

Shared Expectations for All Staff 

  1. Participates in planning and actively contributes to Area and Unit priorities, initiatives, and operations through collaboration and cooperation.
  2. Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Maintains currency and open communication in ongoing trends and developments related to position responsibilities.
  4. Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as set by the UConn Library and University of Connecticut.
  5. Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of social, economic, cultural, ideological, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  6. Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A graduate degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or international equivalent or a graduate degree in a research-intensive discipline appropriate to the position.
  2. Minimum of six years’ professional experience in a library, archive, or other cultural heritage environment, filling progressively responsible roles.
  1. Minimum of two years’ supervisory experience, including planning and change management practices.  
  2. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to think strategically, be forward thinking, and embrace change management strategies.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse group of researchers, donors, and staff.
  4. Knowledge of and experience working with digital repository systems and digital curation.
  5. Demonstrated expertise in current archival management practices, policies, and procedures.
  1. Demonstrated leadership and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  2. Evidence of active involvement in professional activities at the state, regional, or national level.
  3. Willingness to travel and work a flexible schedule.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in an academic research library.
  2. Demonstrated ability to actively engage in donor relations, collection solicitation, fundraising, and gift management.
  3. Experience managing a budget.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full time position based in Storrs with an anticipated start date of August, 2018. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience. 

TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions. (reference search #2018467) and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to khara.leon@uconn.edu. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by May 6, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018467)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 6, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

For information on professional employment opportunities at the UConn Library please contact:

Khara Leon
Head of Administrative Services
UConn Library
369 Fairfield Road, Unit 1005
Storrs, CT 06269-1005
khara.leon@uconn.edu 
860-486-2219